first of two public forums for community members to share their opinions on Knox County Schools' search for a new superintendent.
The meetings come after former superintendent Jim McIntyre announced his resignation in January and stepped down in June.
Buzz Thomas, of Great Schools Partnership, then took over as interim superintendent.
three dozen people gathered Thursday in Central High School's
auditorium, where Thomas, a number of Knox County Board of Education
members and other district leaders heard from community stakeholders,
who included parents and educators.
David McCroskey attended the
meeting. He's the grandparent and guardian of three Knox County Schools
students. He said while he didn't dislike the former superintendent, he
felt McIntyre was overly focused on the financial side of the job.
personally feel that we need someone who is an educator and is willing
to sit down and talk to people and understand the needs of our children,
as opposed to worrying about the financial side of it," he said.
Robinson, a former KCS teacher and parent, hopes teachers and parents
have a large say in who becomes the next superintendent.
like the last search, we really didn’t have that opportunity. I was a
classroom teacher at that time and I feel like teachers really didn’t
have a say," she said.
She hopes the next superintendent will focus on empowering both students and teachers.
“I would like a superintendent who has my child’s best interest at heart," she said.
“We have a lot of disenfranchised teachers, I feel, due to the fact that they don’t feel trusted.”
member Terry Hill attended the forum as well. She was disappointed with
the turnout but impressed with those who did attend.
it was a wonderful forum we had tonight. I wish we would’ve had a few
more people. But the folks that were there had really concrete
suggestions, were very thought out, very purposeful," she said.
Prior to the meeting, WBIR 10News spoke with a number of district leaders on the importance of these public input sessions.
"It's an important job we have to do, so I think the more feedback we have, the better," new BOE member Susan Horn told 10News.
She said she heard from a lot of parents and educators while campaigning for her seat.
are looking for a great leader, who has a huge, great vision for our
schools, who can communicate with people and who has classroom
experience and administrative experience," Horn said.
members voted earlier this month to defer appointing a chairperson until
next month. That's an important decision, as the chair will appoint
members to the superintendent search committee.
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